Student Reflections – Melissa Hoffman

This is the trip of a lifetime!  Sydney, Australia is everything I thought it would be and more.  The flight here was long; we spent about 20 hours on the plane, but it was worth it to be in Australia.  So far, we have been in Sydney for 3 days and have been very busy.  We spent the first day at the Taronga Zoo.  We saw animals native to Australia, such as a kangaroo, koala, wallaby, and platypus.  On Sunday, we participated in a 4K marathon for charity.  After the marathon, was a pancake breakfast.  Pancakes in Australia are different than in the United States because pancakes in Australia are thin and topped with sugar and lemon juice instead of maple syrup.  We visited the Museum of Sydney and the Justice and Police Museum.  At the Justice and Police Museum we learned that Australian judges wear wigs and their robes are slightly different from the United States.  The district court judges wear a black and purple robe with a red sash.  Sunday evening, we had dinner together as a group with Professor Dervan and his family.  We tried kangaroo, emu, and crocodile pizza, which were all very good.  After that, we visited the Opera House and watched the sunset set over the Sydney Bridge and the Opera House.  It was absolutely beautiful.  We have learned a lot about Australian history while we have been here, and much of it is similar to the early beginnings in the United States.  For instance, the United States treated the Native Americans much like the early Australians treated the Aborigines.  The visit to the U.S. Consulate’s office has been one of the highlights of the trip.  We learned about how international crimes are handled by the U.S. government.  We learned that crime is becoming very global and complicated through technology.  I enjoyed hearing about the career path of the employees at the U.S. Consulate’s office because spending time in many different countries throughout a career would be so interesting.

Picture of the Sydney Harbour Bridge by Melissa Hoffman.

Picture of the Sydney Harbour Bridge by Melissa Hoffman.

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